The Alternative English Dictionary: alive

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Entry definition

alive etymology From Old English on live, on līfe; līfe, dative of līf pronunciation
  • (US) /əˈlaɪv/
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  1. Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
  2. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
  3. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged. The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- .
  4. Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  5. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feeling, as opposed to apathy; sensitive. Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- .
  6. As intensifier, of all living. Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --.
  • As intensifier, used colloquially "man alive!", "sakes alive!".
  • Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.
  • dead
  • avile

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